Crater Lake National Park, February 2014

Written on October 10, 2014

Back in February, I went on a multi-day Oregon Adventure with awesome friends Jenna, Erin and Liliana. Our original destination was a popular hot spring but the highlight of the trip was an impromptu visit to Crater Lake. We luckily visited during a gorgeous window of clear weather; the next day, the park was inaccessible for a week due to snowy conditions. The snow was nearly 5′ deep in some areas. It was beautiful and breathtaking. Of course, I had a few Lucha Libre masks which served both as photo props and face warmers in the frigid air. I love these folks.

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Astoria and Fort Steven’s State Park

Written on October 6, 2014

Saturday, January 25th was an abnormally warm day. The sun was shining for the first time in what seemed like months, and the temperature reached 60° on the coast. Friend Sarah and I decided to drive to Astoria, Oregon for the day, visiting the Goonies house and Fort Steven’s State Park, the location of the Peter Iredale Shipwreck.

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La Push and the Hoh (part 2)

Written on September 28, 2014

The Hoh. Enough said. Greenest of the Greens.

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La Push and The Hoh (part one)

Written on September 28, 2014

At the end of Decemeber, friend Lucas and I went to the Washington Coast, past Forks to La Push. We visited First, Second and Ruby Beach. We stayed the night in Forks, and the following day we went for a hike in the Hoh Rainforest. These are quite possibly some of the most magical areas in The Olympic National Park. It was foggy, chilly and the perfect epitome of winter weather in Washington.

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The Historic Bigelow House

Written on September 23, 2014

This past December, The Bigelow House and Museum opened its doors to the public during a day long tour of historic Olympia Homes. I lived right down the block from the museum, and walked or drove past it almost every day. It was a pleasure to finally explore the interior and gain a brief glimpse into Oly’s storied history. (I had also just taken a day long digital photography workshop at The Photo Center Northwest and was refining newfound in-camera skills.) Olympia, please do check out this amazing cultural resource right in your backyard!

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Nisqually Christmas Hike, 2013

Written on September 23, 2014

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places to bird watch in the South Sound area. I never tire of watching the seasons change in this beautiful wetland or awaiting seasonal migrants to appear in the seasonal grasslands and salty tidelands. Here are some of the birds I saw, minus the Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles (too fast and too far away).

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Kalaloch Beach, Washington Coast November 2013

Written on September 22, 2014

In November of last year, I drove to the coast for a crisp, socked in afternoon. I can almost smell the surf from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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